Sara Connor has been tearfully reunited with her sons for the first time in four years after being locked up in a hellhole Bali jail over the death of a local police officer.
The Byron Bay mother-of-two returned to Australia last month after serving time for her role in the fatal assault of a policeman on a Bali beach.
Connor, 49, touched down at Sydney Airport on July 18, but was whisked away by police to undergo two weeks of quarantine.
On Tuesday night, Connor was filmed embracing her two teenage sons following her mandatory 14-day self-isolation.
‘She hadn’t seen her kids for four years. It was very emotional, there was a lot of tears,’ her bodyguard John McLeod told Nine News.
On Tuesday night, Connor was filmed embracing her two teenage sons following her mandatory 14-day self-isolation
Connor, 49, touched down at Sydney Airport on July 18, but was whisked away by police to undergo two weeks of quarantine
Connor is now focused on living a normal life in Australia, and making up for lost time with her children.
‘She wants to pack lunches for the kids, she wants to go and watch them surf and watch their sport, and reconnect with the community,’ Mr McLeod said.
Connor and her then-boyfriend David Taylor were jailed in the notorious Keobokan prison after the bashing death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa in Kuta in 2016.
‘Her involvement was purely just trying to break up the fight. She’s an innocent person for the charges that she went to jail for,’ Mr McLeod said.
Connor was photographed looking sheepish last month as she quickly stepped onto the bus that took her to hotel quarantine in Sydney.
She appeared to want her return to Australia to take place quietly as she stood alone waiting in line to get on the bus.
The shuttle bus was escorted by a motorcade of police officers on motorcycles.
Ms Connor (pictured at Sydney Airport on July 18) was jailed alongside her then-boyfriend, British national David Taylor, after they were found guilty of a fatal group assault.
The mum-of-two (pictured at Sydney Airport last month) has left ex-boyfriend Taylor behind, who is serving a six-year sentence in Kerobokan’s male prison for his part in the officer’s death
Connor spent two weeks quarantining at the five-star InterContinental hotel in the middle of Sydney’s CBD.
Celebrities and world leaders such as Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton and the Prince of Thailand have all stayed at the hotel over the years.
Connor declined to answer questions from the media as police directed her inside of the hotel.
She attempted to use her hair as a shield to cover her face.
She declined to answer questions from the media as police directed her inside of the hotel (pictured on July 18)
Ms Connor (pictured) attempted to use her hair to cover her face from the media last month
She has left ex-boyfriend Taylor behind, who is serving a six-year sentence in Kerobokan’s male prison for his part in the officer’s death.
However, there are concerns she could be killed in a revenge attack as soon as she’s released after a cop killer on the popular tourist island was recently murdered in Sulawesi upon their release from jail.
‘We want to ensure her safety when she is released from prison. We don’t want another revenge killing,’ Mr Suprapto, the corrections division head of the Law and Human Right ministry’s Bali office, told The Daily Telegraph.
Sara Connor (pictured last month) is escorted to a waiting car after being released from prison in Bali
The Australian woman (pictured) covered her face with a headscarf as she was bundled into the back of an immigration vehicle in July
She was all smiles the day before being released from Kerobokan Prison after serving four years for her role in the fatal assault of a policeman on a Bali beach
‘Her safety is our consideration. Cases where victims are police officers can attract persecution.’
Prisoners serving time with Ms Connor say she has grown paranoid in the weeks leading up to her release and will lash out at anyone she suspects is trying to take a photo of her.
Although she has retrained as a hairdresser during her sentence and took up painting, insiders say she has grown very withdrawn and now rejects any jail activities including exercise, arts and even food.
‘Sara keeps to herself and is not friendly. Not to anyone. She didn’t participate in our recent fashion show and never gets involved with dance, or anything that the jail asks her to be part of,’ a prisoner, who did not wish to be named, said.
‘She thinks people will sell her photo and is crazy and paranoid about that. She loves her ciggies and coffee and hanging out in a quiet corner.’
The Byron Bay mother-of-two was issued her release papers on Thursday after a four-year stint behind bars
Ms Connor showed off her inked fingers (pictured) before she was released from Kerobokan prison in Bali
Ms Connor’s ‘relaxing holiday’ turned into a ‘nightmare’ when her then British boyfriend David Taylor, beat a police officer of 35 years to death with multiple objects.
They included a mobile phone, the officer’s own binoculars and a Bintang beer bottle.
The holidaying couple were cuddling at the water’s edge at Kuta Beach before the killing unfolded.
An Indonesian court found that the now 38-year-old ‘DJ Nutzo’ confronted officer Wayan Sudarsa after Connor had lost her purse.
Ms Connor (pictured) is seen in hand cuffs during her trial at Denpasar District Court in Bali on February 14, 2017
He began to frisk Mr Sudarsa before the situation violently escalated.
Connor was found to have put her arm around the policeman’s neck and sat on his stomach an was convicted of fatal assault in company.
The mum, whose children are now 13 and 15, claimed she was bitten by Mr Sudarsa when trying to separate the pair, and ran away, ending her involvement.
Taylor claimed he was ‘in fear of his life’, when he struck Mr Sudarsa over the head with a beer bottle.
When Mr Sudarsa was motionless, Taylor took the officer’s identification cards.
At Ms Connor’s trial, the judges said she cut up Mr Sudarsa’s ID cards not to protect his identity and stop them from being stolen, but because she panicked and felt guilty.
Ms Connor (pictured) is set to walk free on Thursday after spending the past four years behind bars for her role in the fatal assault of a local policeman at Kuta Beach in August 2016
Connor’s ‘relaxing holiday’ turned into a ‘nightmare’ when her then British boyfriend David Taylor (pictured) beat a police officer of 35 years to death with multiple objects
A man walks past the main gate of the notorious Kerobokan Prison (pictured) where Ms Connor was being held
Taylor later told Ms Connor the police officer was ‘passed out’ on the beach.
They had no idea, they claimed, of the seriousness of Mr Sudarsa’s injuries.
Dr Dudut Rustyadi, who performed the autopsy on Mr Sudarsa, told their trials it would have taken him at least two hours to die and had someone intervened he might have been saved.
Instead, Ms Connor and Taylor returned to their hotel, cut up Mr Sudarsa’s cards and left for nearby Jimbaran later that morning.
Two days later, Ms Connor turned on her mobile phone and learned of his death.
She has since offered $2,500 in compensation offered to the policeman’s widow, and has always maintained her innocence.
Taylor is serving a six-year sentence for his part in the officer’s fatal assault.
Connor and her British boyfriend were convicted over the murder of a local policeman. She is pictured (above) inside an immigration office after her release
Security consultant John McLeod (pictured) was approached to escort Byron Bay mother of two Sara Connor out of the notorious Kerobokan jail